June is Seniors’ Month

by | Jun 8, 2021 | Events, External, GWSA News

This month the GWSA extends special thanks to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, who have been quickly and efficiently making sure that seniors are an important priority for COVID-19 vaccines. As rules begin to relax and we are able to gather with friends and family, we encourage all to follow the guidelines of keeping a six feet distance, wearing a face-covering when recommended, and meeting outside if possible.

By staying safe we can have a good start to the summer months. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon as we prepare our plans to safely resume in-person activities with the GWSA. Watch this website for updates.

The GWSA includes many senior members and volunteers. We celebrate all our seniors for their involvement and their many contributions to the community.

Ontario and Seniors Month

This year’s theme is “Stay safe, active and connected”. It’s a time when we recognize our amazing older adults and the contributions they‘ve made in communities across Ontario.

Ontario is focusing on programs and services that enable seniors to remain safe, healthy, engaged and live life to the fullest during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

 

Here are some seniors’ sites which may interest you:

Celebrate Milestones

You can request a congratulatory message if you or a senior in your life is marking a milestone occasion.

Get information about requesting a message from:

  • Her Majesty The Queen – for Canadians celebrating birthdays of 100 years or more and for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 60 years or more (at five-year intervals)
  • the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – for Ontarians celebrating birthdays of 90 years or more and for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 50 years or more.
  • the Prime Minister of Canada – congratulatory certificates are available for Canadians celebrating birthdays of 65 years or more (at five-year intervals), 100th birthdays and up (yearly), and for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 25 years of more (at five-year intervals).
  • the Premier of Ontario – for Ontarians celebrating birthdays of 80 years or more and for couples celebrating anniversaries of 40 years or more.

You can also contact your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) or Member of Parliament (MP) for a variety of occasions.

Aging Well: Information for Seniors (Ontario)

Learn more about services available to Seniors in Ontario:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors

Programs and Services for Seniors (Canada)

Here’s more on Seniors Services available in Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/seniors.html?utm_campaign=not-applicable&utm_medium=vanity-url&utm_source=canada-ca_seniors

 

Ontario Awards for Seniors

Ontario Senior Achievement Awards

This award recognizes individuals for significant contributions to their communities after the age of 65. Up to 20 individuals are recognized each year. The application deadline is June 15.

Ontario Senior of the Year Award

This award is given by a municipality to recognize an outstanding senior who, after age 65, enriches the social, cultural or civic life of the community. The deadline has been extended until May 31.

Thie provincial site below provides additional details on the above awards. Note that you cannot open the application forms directly on the government site.  Instead, right click on “Get the *name* form”/copy link address), then launch your Adobe Acrobat Reader. In Acrobat, select file/open and paste (CTRL c) into the space for ‘file name’.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-community#section-2